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Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Audit Committee
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 6, 7 and 8 in private.

2. Police call management: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Police call management, an initial review". (AGS/2007/8) from—

Robert Gordon CB, Director-General Justice and Communities, Linda Rosborough, Deputy Director of Transformational Technologies, Stephen Woodhouse, Head of Police Funding, Performance and Efficiency, Scottish Government.

3. Review of free personal and nursing care: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care". (AGS/2008/1).

4. Section 22 Report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s Section 22 report entitled "2006/2007 Audit of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland Administration".

5. Overseas staff in the NHS, pre-employment checks: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overseas staff in the NHS, pre-employment checks". (AGS/2007/9).

6. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 2.

7. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care". (AGS/2008/1).

8. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at the Audit Committee meeting on 23 January 2008 on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people". (AGS/2007/4).

9. Section 22 Report on Western Isles Health Board (in private): The Committee will consider correspondence received from the Chief Executive of NHS Western Isles and the Accountable Officer and consider the next steps in the Inquiry.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the Individual Learning Account (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/1) and take evidence from—

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills, and Hazel Rutherford, Course Costs Support Team Leader, Higher Education and Learner Support Division, Lifelong Learning Directorate, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/6).

Local Government and Communities Committee
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Planning application processes (Menie Estate): The Committee will take evidence from—

George A. Sorial, Managing Director for International Development and Assistant General Counsel, Trump Organisation and Neil Hobday, Project Director, Scotland, Trump International Golf Links.

3. Planning application processes (Menie Estate): The Committee will consider evidence taken.

4. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Flooding and flood management inquiry: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Veronica Burbridge, Director, Royal Town Planning Institute; Bill Dodds, Assistant Chief Executive, Scottish Building Standards Agency; Mike Donaghy, Freshwater Policy Officer, WWF Scotland; Ronnie Falconer, Past President, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management; Andrea Johnstonova, Freshwater Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland; Wendy Kenyon, Senior Research Fellow, Macaulay Institute; David Martin, Scottish Hydrological Group; Blair Melville, Planning Manager, Homes for Scotland; Tom Nisbet, Head of Water, Soil and Heritage Research Group, Forestry Commission Scotland; Karen Smyth, Rural Development Manager, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association; John Thomson, Director of Strategy & Communications, Scottish Natural Heritage; and Hamish Trench, Head of Natural Heritage and Land Management Group, Cairngorms National Park Authority.

2. Pig Industry: The Committee will consider briefings from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre and from the National Farmers Union Scotland, and decide what action to take.

3. Flooding and flood management inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence heard earlier in the meeting with a view to identifying preliminary conclusions.

4. Subordinate legislation (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the draft Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2007, the draft Quality Meat Scotland Order 2008 and the Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/559).

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that, subject to the Parliament’s approval of Business Motion S3M-1307 set out below, today’s business will be as follows:

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Suzanne Dance, on behalf of the Edinburgh Theravadan Buddhist Group

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-1307 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 6 February 2008—

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followed by Stage 3 Debate: Budget (Scotland) Bill

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followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Education and Skills Bill – UK Legislation

S3M-1314 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Budget (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Group 1: 45 minutes.

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-1296 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) Bill be passed.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-1296.1 Iain Gray: Budget (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1296) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "but, in so doing, calls on the Scottish Government to continue throughout 2008-09 to seek ways to expand programmes of skills and training generally and modern apprenticeships specifically; to secure national minimum standards of service for vulnerable groups and to make a statement to the Parliament outlining how it will achieve this."

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-1312 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Suspension of Standing Orders—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 20 minutes to debate motion S3M-1306 on Thursday 21 February 2008, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.6.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

S3M-1308 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 20 February 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Snaring

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Malawi

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Education and Skills Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 21 February 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Democracy in Local Health Care

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 27 February 2008

2.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 28 February 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-956 Rob Gibson: Congratulations to the Fifth Annual Scots Trad Music Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Hands Up For Trad for organising the fifth annual Scots Trad Music Awards, Comharrachadh Duaisean Dual-cheòl na h-Alba 2007, held in the Nevis Centre, Fort William from 29 November to 1 December 2007; notes the attendance of 900 celebrants and 130 musicians who produced such a spectacular and enjoyable programme drawn from all aspects of our traditional music; congratulates the award winners whose performances have raised the excellence, rude health and growing recognition of Scotland’s contemporary indigenous music bringing it to wider public notice each year, which acts as a barometer of a confident and innovative musical culture in today’s Scotland but regrets that broadcasters have yet to televise this enjoyable event to take the live performance and celebration of our rich musical traditions onto our television screens, and considers that future awards ceremonies should be televised, starting with the sixth awards due to be held in Glasgow in 2008.

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